20 July 2012

adoption update: it's happening, like for real.

We got a call last week that we'd been matched with a birthmother.
And there's a lot to the story.

At the same hour (literally) that our paperwork was being delivered to our new agency,
our old agency called Nick.
This is the same morning that we found out we'd have to do some very expensive home repairs, which gave us pause about the adoption.
I prayed and prayed for peace about the right decision.
Minutes later Nick's phone rang.
A baby girl, due mid August.

There are so many details that you could chalk up to coincidence.
I don't. I chalk it up to God's crazy perfect timing and His love for us.
I want to make sure that you know as I tell this story, that we see His hand so clearly
it nearly takes my breath away.

We've wanted a baby for so long. However that was going to happen, we'd take it.
There were some really little, almost silly details that weren't super important,
but they were little desires of my heart that I gave up to Him, and He answered.
I wanted a baby born before Lute starts kindergarten.
If this is our baby, and all goes according to our hopes,
I'll be home just days before he begins.
We wanted the baby to be born in a big city that was easy to travel to and wouldn't
require a rental car and hours of driving.
We can get a direct flight from our city to hers.
While I would truly be content with a boy or a girl,
I am pretty excited (ok, ecstatic) at the idea of bringing home my little peach.
It's a girl.

There are other little facts about our sweet birthmother that show me how Providential every detail is.
The way He gently assured us we were following the right path as we got the call
within hours of our doubts,
that the new agency hadn't had a chance to cash a very significant,
nonrefundable check to start the process with them,
the overwhelming support in prayer and love and encouragement that we've gotten
from family, friends and all of you.

Our hearts are full. Of love and peace and excitement.
We are well aware that nothing is definite. She could change her mind 
before this is all over. So we trust.
And we hope.

And we know that whatever the outcome, there is a baby for us.
Another little gift, another little blessing. 
And we can't wait.


  1. Wow! That's amazing and quite some timing. Congratulations! I'm SOOO happy for you. Praying all goes according to plan and you've got that sweet baby girl in your arms in just a few weeks. xoxo

  2. I've been praying for the day I'd get to read this post! (and get fun texts like the ones you sent this AM) God is just so so good. Praising him with you today!!

  3. AWESOME! AWESOME! AWESOME! I'm so happy for your family! I needed to hear some good adoption news today. :) Praying for you and everyone else involved. Speaking of awesome...our God is an awesome God!

  4. That is amazing!! Congrats and good luck!

  5. God is SO faithful! Praying that you get to see this through and that it is a beautiful process for you. I'm thrilled for you!!!!!

  6. I am so happy. So, so happy!

  7. I love your heart. I don't stop to read many of the blogs I follow but you challenge me. I was thinking about you today. God shines bright thru you. xoxo

  8. You have such a beautiful soul, and you exemplify what a Woman of God should be. So very happy for you! Praying for you and your family, and also this birthmother. I know her heart must be heavy.

  9. That's so awesome! Yay God! :)

  10. this makes me happy, so happy for you and your family. I got chills!

  11. omg...tears of joy! God is so good. I'm just thrilled for you!

  12. I'm so happy for your family! What an amazing blessing.

  13. love you girl! praying over your family, baby girl, and her birth family every day!

  14. I had goosebumps reading your post. God is definitely at work here. Congratulations to you and your family. I'll be praying for you all!

  15. Congratulations! What a blessing!

  16. How wonderful! Congratulations!!!

  17. EEEK!!!!! This is so exciting! I am on top of praying.


  18. That is so wonderful! My two sisters are adopted so it makes my heart so happy to hear others doing this! So happy for your expanding family!

  19. i love it, carina! can't wait to hear more as it all unfolds!

  20. This is so wonderful!

    I spent a LONG time the other day reading through most of your adoption posts & I'm so excited for you all.
    We have a heart for domestic adoption & would love to start the process soon. Reading your story has been so encouraging!

  21. this is so exciting! :)
    i'm new to your story, but i think i hopped on board just at the right time! congrats, and super excited to see what happens :) <3

  22. Yay!!! Praise the Lord. SO happy for you!!! :) :)

  23. awwww a girl :) so excited for your family. I never get over God's faithfulness.

  24. love love love. you and this baby girl. :)

  25. Congratulations on a match with an expectant mother. I'll be praying for her in this very weighty decision; that she will make the best choice for her child, whatever the result is. Prayers for you as you prepare, the physical things and the emotional side of things.

  26. God is so so good! This is amazing Carina! So thrilled for you and your family :)

  27. A GIRL! God is so good & I love the way He works. I'm always surprised and excited when I get to see His plans unfold & I thank God for His perfect timing in all of this! WOOHOO! A GIRL! =D

  28. Wow, wow, wow. Wonderful news!

  29. OH CARINA!!! I am soooooooo STOKED FOR YOU!!!!! ooxox

  30. Congratulations!!! Praise the Lord for He is so good! I am so thrilled for you both, and what a true blessing from God!! :) xo Heather